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Lifeguards rescue dozens from big surf on Oahu

Oahu's North Shore saw monster surf on New Year's Eve.
Oahu's North Shore saw monster surf on New Year's Eve.(Sean Reeks and Kenny Janson)
Published: Dec. 31, 2019 at 4:41 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - More monster surf on Oahu’s north- and west-facing shores meant another busy day for lifeguards, who rescued at least 45 people from the big waves.

Two people were seriously injured, authorities said.

About 9:45 a.m. at Pipeline on the North Shore, lifeguards rescued a 42-year-old surfer who suffered a head injury after taking off on a wave.

Lifeguards brought him to shore, and paramedics treated him and took him to a hospital.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old was seriously injured about 1:15 p.m. in waters off Makaha.

Beachgoers helped the man out of the water, and lifeguards stabilized him.

In addition to the rescues, lifeguards also conducted at least 4,200 preventive actions ― warnings to people to stay out of the water.

This story will be updated.

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